While wills can only be contested for certain reasons, they also can only be contested by certain people. Generally, only those who could be personally or financially affected by the will have the legal standing to file a will contest.
A personal representative, sometimes called an executor, is someone that the decedent chose, or who the court appointed, to settle his or her estate based on the directions in his or her will. This person is one of several fiduciaries that could be associated with the estate.
Losing a loved one is hard. It is particularly difficult when you suspect his or her wishes are not being respected. This happens if your loved one's will seems to have been tampered with.
Disagreements between members of blended families can go on subtly for years. Often there is one family member who glues the others together as a family, and when that person dies, the smoldering disagreements can escalate into probate litigation. Stepmothers and their stepchildren may be especially prone to disagreements when it comes to the estate of the family's patriarch.
Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, passed away recently. Allen leaves no spouse or children to inherit his vast $26 billion fortune and considerable assets. This leaves the question of which individuals and what companies may inherit the Allen estate.